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The Ultimate Guest Room Blueprint

By Tim / January 21, 2018

When out-of-town guests come to visit, it is wise to try to make their stay as comfortable and friendly as possible by having the ultimate guest room.

Guest Room Blueprint

We have a guest bedroom in our basement with a half- bathroom at the top of the stairs. The guest room consists of a queen-sized bed purchased from The Bed Market, two nightstands, a dresser with a mirror, a chest of drawers with a small T.V. on top, a medium-sized sofa with an old trunk for an end table. In another part of the basement, adjacent to the guest room, there is a desk with a computer.

I have decorated my guest room with a "woodsy, cabin-style" theme with lots of nature. We live in a wooded area, and I have tried to carry that into my house through my decor. I've added a few scented candles (favourites seem to be apple/cinnamon or vanilla) for a more homey feel.

This is a pretty nice guest room blueprint in my book, but there is more to a guest room than the furniture and decor.

Expert advice from claire davies interiors

"If you only have guests staying a few times a year, then your guest bedroom can double as a home office and also provide additional storage for you throughout the year. Using an ottoman bed can be an ideal way to increase the storage potential of a bedroom without adding to the physical footprint." - Claire Davies Interiors 

Fully Equipped

We equip our guest room with clean sheets and pillowcases, a bedspread, and extra blankets.

Also included: a box of tissues, some lotion, T.V. remote, a small trash can, two reading lamps, magazines (based on guest's interests), a pad of paper, pens, and pencils.

I also like to include fresh flowers, bottled water and the wifi password.  I don't want my guests to have to ask for these things if they need them. So I aim to make it sort of like a luxury hotel, only more personal.  

guest room

We do have a small refrigerator down there too, just in case they have anything they need to keep cold for the night.

The Guest Bathroom 

Our guest bathroom is right at the top of the stairs. We try to keep it well-stocked with more personal necessities such as; more extra towels and washcloths, soap, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors, and toilet paper.

I organize these things in small, plastic bins or baskets.

These are also things I would not want my guests to have to ask for just in case we run out or they've forgotten theirs.

What?  No Room?

What if you don't have an extra room for a guest room?

I am fortunate enough to have an extra space to call a guest room. But what if you don't have a spare room for a guest room?

Use what you have! Give them a space they can feel is their own!

 When I was a child, my parents made our guests feel more at home by offering them one of our (the kids) bedrooms. If you have a family room or a living room with a fold-out-sofa or futon, let that place be theirs for the night.

Making it fun for your kids

You might think this would make kids feel put out. Not me, I thought it was fun! See, my parents let us "camp out" on the living room floor. That was a blast, especially if there are kids with your guest.

We would all get our sleeping bags out and bed down in the living room.

About the author


Hi, I'm Tim. I write about all things dream house, from curb appeal to the backyard swimming pool. I believe everyone has their dream house in mind and I hope to do a small part in inspiring ideas that will help you turn your dream into a reality.

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